Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Nevaeh Mind!

I'm not even sure what to say about this NY Times article about the sudden popularity of one of the weirdest female names to come along in a while, Nevaeh. (No, not the skin cream.)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if Drol could make it as a boy's name. http://www.thinkbabynames.com/popular/1/United+States/2004 is an interesting website for baby names each year dating back until 1900. In the 1920's names like Dorothy, Shirley and Irene were in the top 20 of popularity for girls. So, maybe Neveah will take its place on the list for this decade. (while we're on the topic could someone please name this decade it's 2006 for Neveah's ekas!)

8:44 PM  
Blogger Martha said...

>>> for Neveah's ekas!

Dang! Wish I'd said that!

And LOL re Drol!

Do you suppose gourmet cooks will start naming their daughters Enid??

8:53 PM  
Anonymous daz said...

I think the spelling in the Times is Nevaeh. Is Obmil next?

Spelling of names can be a real problem. Every year about 10 newborn girls in the U.S. are inadvertently named after their genitals, by parents for whom spelling is evidently not a phawrt.

9:45 PM  
Anonymous daz said...

P.S. Appropriately, the Times reporter who wrote that article has one of the weirdest middle names I've ever seen.

(The same reporter is notorious for coining the phrase "man date", justly nominated for the "Most Unnecessary" category in the American Dialect Society's latest selection of Words of the Year, at http://snipurl.com/qx8d.)

9:58 PM  
Blogger Martha said...

Oooo, you're right, daz -- thanks for the fix.

I'd heard stories like that about naming by genitalia -- like a kid named "Female" rhyming with "tamale." But are those really true or just urban legends?

And yeah, I wonder why "8" as opposed to any other number?

10:55 AM  
Blogger Language Lover said...

I'm guessing the 8 is supposed to be a B. Good eye, daz, wow!

11:24 AM  
Blogger Martha said...

No, I think it's definitely an 8. Have seen that byline many times. But why?

11:27 AM  
Anonymous daz said...

Re the misnaming thing, I had read about it somewhere I recall seemed authoritative, and it struck me as entirely plausible, having seen how some otherwise common names have been creatively (but apparently unintentionally) spelled when conferred on an unsuspecting infant.
But maybe this should be submitted to snopes.com for verification.

Thanks, but not a good eye, just that Jennifer 8. Lee once wrote a short piece explaining her self-chosen middle name. (Something to do with distinguishing herself from the many other women who share her non-middle names, plus 8 signifies good luck in Chinese culture.)

9:53 PM  

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